Date: August 26th – 29th
Course: Caves Valley Golf Club
Purse: $9.5MM ($1.7MM to winner)
2020 Winner: Jon Rahm (-4)
Caves Valley Golf Club. Established in 1991, this par 71 course was designed by Tom Fazio. It runs at 7,226 yards with a course rating of 75.3 and a slope rating of 142—putting it slightly above average in terms of difficulty. The true challenge for this course will be the greens, which tend to run faster than normal courses. To prepare for it’s first PGA event, the tees were lengthened and bunkers were added and deepened.
My Starting 4
Louis Oosthuizen (second selection this year) – He’s had three top 20 finishes in the last two months. He’s currently top 10 in both OWGR and FedEx points.
Tony Finau (second selection this year) — Tony has top 35 finishes in his last three tournaments. He is 29th in total strokes gained and he has been in the top 20 in both BMW Championship and Tour Championship each of the last three years.
Justin Thomas (fifth selection this year) – Justin has missed one cut in the last 14 tournaments. He has seven top 25 finishes over that time and is 13th in total strokes gained.
Jon Rahm (fourth selection this year) — Don’t fix what ain’t broke. He won last year, and he was in the top 3 the last two tournaments.
My Bench 2
MacKenzie Hughes (second selection this year) — Hughes has held his own recently with a 14th place finish at Rocket Mortgage and a 6th place finish at the Open Championship.
Joaquin Niemann (first selection this year) – He’s 12th in strokes gained putting and he has now made the cut in all but one tournament this season, finishing among the top 20 in three of his last four.
(1st percent would be the top golfer picked every week)
Starting 4: Average finish 40th (30th percent)
Bench 2: Average finish 50th (37th percent)